Shel Silverstein


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in Chicago, IL, The United States
September 25, 1930

Died
May 10, 1999

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Shel Silverstein was the author-artist of many beloved books of prose and poetry. He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter.

Average rating: 4.33 · 2,795,525 ratings · 39,413 reviews · 113 distinct worksSimilar authors
Where the Sidewalk Ends

4.30 avg rating — 1,223,997 ratings — published 1974 — 53 editions
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The Giving Tree

4.37 avg rating — 954,362 ratings — published 1964 — 124 editions
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A Light in the Attic

4.32 avg rating — 393,943 ratings — published 1981 — 37 editions
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Falling Up

4.33 avg rating — 134,780 ratings — published 1996 — 28 editions
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The Missing Piece (The Miss...

4.24 avg rating — 28,443 ratings — published 1976 — 21 editions
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Every Thing on It

4.38 avg rating — 13,219 ratings — published 2011 — 13 editions
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The Missing Piece Meets the...

4.35 avg rating — 12,468 ratings — published 1981 — 23 editions
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Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook

4.12 avg rating — 8,572 ratings — published 2005 — 11 editions
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Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot...

4.16 avg rating — 6,512 ratings — published 1963 — 39 editions
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A Giraffe and a Half

4.12 avg rating — 5,747 ratings — published 1964 — 21 editions
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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
Shel Silverstein

“How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live 'em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give 'em.”
Shel Silverstein

“There are no happy endings.
Endings are the saddest part,
So just give me a happy middle
And a very happy start.”
Shel Silverstein, Every Thing on It

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